Hundreds of French mayors have left their posts after complaining of stress, threats and assaults over the past two years.
About 13,000 mayors of towns and villages have been threatened and 2,000 physically assaulted during the same period. The figures emerged from a survey as the association of French mayors gathered this week to review what David Lisnard, their leader, has described as a “major civic crisis” afflicting local government.
A very French attitude. They put up with the most appalling micromanagement from the political and bureaucratic classes, ameliorated only by once every generation or two rising up and slaughtering the lot of ’em.
The British idea was always the other way around, historically at least. We wouldn’t kill them and they’d not, except at the most high altitude level, try to rule us. Before 1914, the average British experience of the State was the postman.
Our rulers have decided to change that deal in more recent times. Perhaps we should also change our side of it?